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Sunni Muslims in Pakistan protest against killing of Shia Muslims

Pakistani Sunni Muslims protest against ongoing killing of Shia Muslims

A big number of Sunni Muslims protested outside the Lahore Press Club against the Shiites target killing in the country at the hands of Takfiri Deobandi terrorists. Protesters were carrying placards with slogans such as Stop Shiite Target Killing, Shia- Sunni are Brothers, Unity is the way to defeat the enemy etc. The protest went on for several hours.

Speeches were made at the protest which outlined the fact that Shiites had played an exceptional part in the making of Pakistan and had perhaps made more sacrifices than Sunnis during the 1947 Partition. However a recent plan has been put into action where Shiites are being pin-pointed and killed in an attempt to create Sectarian Violence in the country. The government’s criminal silence makes it seem as though everything is being done according to the government.

The protest leaders said that they belong to no political party but are just Patriotic Sunnis who feel for the Shiites. They said they are grieved over the recent killings of their Shiite brothers. They said they are standing beside their Shiite brothers in these dark days. They said, referring to the government, that the Shiite Genocide should be stopped immediately and Shiites should be provided adequate security in every city.

The protesters said the Chief Justice of Pakistan should take Suo Moto on this issue. They expressed grief over the fact that if a girl is molested in a remote village on the outskirts of Punjab, the chief justice can’t sleep peacefully without taking any action against the mass target killing of Shiites. They said the Chief Justice should not be biased.

The Sunni youth said that for the protection of Pakistan, Shiites and Sunnis are united and well aware of the enemy. They said that enemies of Islam and stability of Pakistan will not succeed in their plans as Shiites and Sunnis will no longer fight amongst themselves, infact very soon Shiites and Sunnis will kick the enemies out together.

Karriaper said HRCP had reported that as many as 313 Shias have been killed this year alone. He said the government was not doing enough to bring sectarian violence to an end. “None of this would have happened without the active connivance of the government and law enforcing agencies,” Karriaper said.

“This protest was called by a group of Sunnis so that people and media do not dismiss our voice as coming from marginalised sections of the society,” Karriaper said. One of the banners at the protest read, “We condemn the killing of our Shia brethren – Sunni Citizens.” He said the protesters were independent people expressing their solidarity with Shias.

“People in the Punjab have not been sensitised about the issue of how people are being persecuted in this country,” said another protester, Hasan Rehman. Rehman, who has previously protested with the Labour Party Pakistan and lawyers movement, said, “Protesting is not about self glorification. People are dying and we are all turning a blind eye”.

Source: ABNA

برادران اهل سنت كی جانب سے شيعہ نسل كشی كے خلاف لاهور ميں احتجاجی ريلی نكالنا ايک بہت هی اچها اور بہترين قدم هے اب هميں اس سوچ كو لے كر مذيد آگے بڑهنا هے اور اتحاد بين المسلمين كو فروغ دينا هے.
گو كہ اس ريلی ميں لوگ كم تهے ليكن تهے ضرور، دريا قطروں كے مل جانے سے وجود ميں آتا هے.
هم شيعان علی ع پاكستان سنی بهائيوں كے اس عمل كا خير مقدم كرتے هيں
(Ali Turab)

Those who are reluctant to use the ‘Shia genocide’ discourse should learn from the clarity of vision of the Sunni brothers of Lahore shown in the above pictures.

We commend this move to have joint protests by all members of civil society to be united against violent religious extremism. This is not limited to violence against Shia Muslims. Other communities like Christians, Hindus and Ahmedi Muslims have also been targeted by the the same radicalized Wahhabist or Debandi/Ahle Hadeeth terrorists in Pakistan and indeed all over the world. The hate mongers are the enemy within. All citizens of Pakistan and indeed the world must unite to counter this menace.

There were good days and there are good people

Because personal experiences count and these personal stories help reveal the fabric of society it is worthwhile to share my story of being a child whose childhood was free of prejudices and who was grown in Shias, Sunnis, Ahmadis, Hindus, Christians, Punjabis, Pustoons, Sindhis, Muhajirs and Balochis without even knowing that all these identities exist and that these identities are cause of so much rift and friction in the society.

I had no clue because my elders had not taught me to be prejudiced and never differentiated people in their circle based on cast or creed, belief or background. So what I learned was respect for diversity; I used to go to Jafri Sahab’s home with my father and siblings at Ashoora to watch ‘Taazias’ and ‘Matam’ , as the main procession in the city used to pass in front of his home. It was normal for woman of my household to go to Al-e-Hassan’s home during Ashoora Majalis as a token of respect and I could still remember those events which I have attended along with ladies. Until I went to attend university, I used to watch ‘Shaam-e-Ghareeban’ on PTV notably Allama Talib Johri and we were never told anything which even had a clue to humiliate Shias. It was common for Sunnis to cook meal such as ‘Haleem’ on Muharram and create ‘Sabeels’,  we used to play beside a ‘Imam bargah’ and mostly pray ‘Maghrib’ prayers there while no one was asking who we were and no one cared on what style we follow.  My father used to go to Syed Sahab every year for ‘Koondey’ and his son was my best friend, we learned to ride bicycle together and he used to give me lift on his cycle when we were returning from school, we never discussed his being Shia and my being Sunni, we never thought about it, as we were never taught about it.

So if you think that every child in Pakistan had grown in a prejudiced hateful environment, it is wrong, it is completely wrong. We were not like that; it is true that rifts were always there, there always were disputes as there always were people who got benefited from such disputes (which is the case till today), but there was a large segment of society which kept itself away from such prejudices, mostly common people were far far away from such distinctions and they used to live together peacefully as one people.
These distinctions were exploited by the elite whenever they need and especially in Zia era racial and lingual differences and religious sectarianism was used as a tool to keep focus of people away from the real challenges and to keep democratic movements weak, fragile and disintegrated and hence to stop momentum of a real people’s movement against the regime.

Generation which grew up in Zia era and later came up with a different psychology, that era was the era of censor and violence, people were forced to be silent, drug and arms were introduced heavily and society was disintegrated to benefit the rulers, and so the society was transformed. We were transformed in a society which could support Jihad in Afghanistan against USSR and communism. Along with the fact that Shia majority areas had the oil reserves and a Shia majority Iran was considered a threat to other states or ruling classes in Gulf; and so this rift was stretched to almost all Muslim countries including Pakistan. Heavy money poured in to support ‘Madrsahs ‘and other outfits and parties for both sides. In this environment a different generation was raised.

But whatever that generation may think, they should be reminded that things were not like this by default, they need to seek beyond their experiences to understand what happened and they must realize that situation can be changed. If situation can be altered for the worst, it can also be developed for good and common benefit. We have seen good times, and those times can be brought back if we stand together against the forces of darkness and biases.

Source: LUBP

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    September 9, 2012

    The economics of hate – by Mehreen Zahra-Malik

    Predictably, it began much before little Rimsha was accused of the incomprehensible – much before torn little pieces of religious paraphernalia were bandied about and their desecration decried.

    Venal mullahs, jilted neighbours, greedy influentials – the usual cast of characters that surround most sordid tales of blasphemy are, unsurprisingly, on the set of the Mehrabad miasma also.

    But how did a locality that has been home to Christians for over two decades, and where Muslims helped them build a church less than a year ago, turn an unlettered child into a blasphemer and allow her to be banished to solitary confinement for weeks? In one of the few slums in Islamabad where Muslims and Christians have always lived side by side, what compelled a prayer leader to scheme to “get rid of the Christians?”

    Visits to Mehrabad reveal that the locality has been long scarred by mounting schisms – a confluence of personal, economic and political factors – that made Rimsha’s fate almost inevitable.

    The most defining division affecting the Rimsha case is between the area’s landed Maliks and its clerics – a schism that predates the present controversy.

    Malik Amjad’s family, the owners of Rimsha’s home, and other Maliks of the area, rent hundreds of run-down shacks to various Christian families. When the Christians first bolted from Mehrabad fearing violence after Rimsha was arrested, economic interests, above all, compelled the Muslim landlords to go after the fleeing Christian community and lure them back. For someone like Amjad, who makes about Rs300,000 a month just from rent, an exodus would spell nothing short of disaster. Amjad also runs what he calls a ‘servant provision agency’ through which he gets his Christian tenants work in Muslim homes and offices for a small commission. Ever since August 16, his phones have never stopped ringing, anxious clients calling to complain that their servants haven’t shown up to work.

    In fact, so disturbed was Amjad by the idea of a mass Christian exodus that he brought up during the Friday sermon on August 24 a controversial case from last year when an Muslim boy “behaved inappropriately” with a younger Christian boy. “I’m asking them why, when that happened, we didn’t ask the whole Muslim community to leave for the unfortunate actions of one person,” Amjad said, the stress lines on his forehead deepening.

    There’s yet another reason the Muslim landlords are even willing to stand up against the clerics to ‘protect’ their Christian lodgers: the downtrodden community makes for docile tenants. They’re quiet, they don’t complain, they do what they’re told. In fact, they even complied when asked not to hold church services except on Sundays. “Imagine if they were replaced by Pathan tenants. Rooz ka aazaab bun jaye ga (That would be everyday punishment),” Amjad sniggered.

    But if the Muslim Maliks have spoken up for the Christians and against the clergy for reasons of economics, what compelled local prayer leader Khalid Chishti to do the opposite: intensify his efforts to expel the minority community from the area?

    The clergy in Mehrabad, just like in other localities and religions, have much the same economic interests as their non-ecclesiastical counterparts. As producers of spiritual goods – as performers of marriage ceremonies, as whisperers of azaan in the ears of infants, as ministers of last rites, as preachers of sermons, and as expounders not only of theology but also of society’s basic political and legal doctrines – the clergy always needs constituents. Imagine, then, the frustration of an Imam Chishti stuck in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood; imagine if the infidels could be expelled and replaced by a larger number of Muslims to do his bidding, to donate to his mosque, to help expand it, to consider him a spiritual leader?

    So when all else failed – when complaints about Christians disrupting the Muslims’ prayers by playing music didn’t work and the committee formed to expel the community from the area didn’t find much support on the ground – what was Imam Chishti left to do?

    Plant burnt pages of the Quran in the bag of an unlettered, unsuspecting Christian child and cry ‘Islam in danger?’

    Given that many of Mehrabad’s residents are migrants from Gojra, and have relatives there, no one was surprised when Christian families fled their homes the very night the accusations against Rimsha surfaced. Too close are Mehrabad’s Christians to the memory of the 2009 Gojra riots when a mere rumour of blasphemy led to over 40 Christian houses burnt and seven dead. Imam Chishti couldn’t have found better victims of a blasphemy-related fear campaign.

    These starkest of juxtapositions – of Christian against Muslim, of the landed against the clergy, of the landed Muslim against the non-landed Muslim willing to side with the mullahs to break the power of the landed – only highlight in their desolate extremity what is commonplace everywhere: that economics and power, more than religious sentiment, may be behind campaigns of death and hate. In many ways, Mehrabad may just be microcosm of modern inequality, with all the pluses and injustices it bestows on those on different sides of the divide.

    Two weeks ago, when Malik Amjad told me Chishti may have fabricated the entire case against Rimsha, I urged him to go on record with the information. But he said it was not yet time: “Let the issue be handled quietly. It will be better for everybody.”

    Today, the Imam is in police custody for very same charge he levelled on Rimsha: blasphemy.

    Hammad, Amjad’s nephew and the original complaint and accuser, has disappeared. And there’s another story there.

    Some residents claim Rimsha’s older sister was proposed to by a neighbour – a Muslim. She turned him down. Weeks later, Rimsha was arrested for burning the holy pages.

    Was Hammad that jilted neighbour? Some neighbours think so. Others say it may be the boy who runs the shop opposite Rimsha’s house, ‘Sharjeel CD and Video Point.’ As each day in the Rimsha saga brings new information and new scandal, perhaps this twist too will be confirmed in the days to come. We may also get clearer answers to why senior Muslim clerics like Tahir Ashrafi have spoken up for Rimsha. Some suggest Ashrafi has a child with Down’s Syndrome – a condition that has become attached to Rimsha’s very name.

    For now, the nightmarish thought that Rimsha may be killed in prison is never far.

    The writer is an assistant editor at The News. Email:; Twitter: @mehreenzahra

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